At one point, it was costing me more to reload 9mm than I could buy it locally. It all depends on how much you paid for components and what the going price for ammunition is.100,000 rounds to break even?
Damn, either your math skills suck or you were buying new brass and leaving it on the ground.
Even buying commercial cast bullets it's going to take less than 100K to break even.
I had $1400 in the last 650 I bought by the time I bolted it to the bench.
Using commercial cast bullets it breaks down like this.
Brass No cost since it's basically free.
Note these would have been prices during the Obama terms.
45 ACP would have run ya right at $14.25 a box OR LESS.
You should have been saving at least $15/100.
Total cost on a 550 set up should have been around $1000 at the very most.
Saving $15/100 would mean you would break even at the 6666 round mark. A far cry from 100K.
I cast my own bullets. My current costs to load 45 ACP runs $5.25/100
That's a minimum savings of $25/100
I broke even on the new 650 with 5600 rounds loaded.
The 650 include the case collator, strong mount, bullet tray and around $300 of after market parts and upgrades
Saying it would take 100,000 rounds to break even means you were saving a penny a round.